Verdict: The stories Gros includes are compelling, but because they are mere snippets, they lend a fragmented feel to the book that slightly undermines the overall connectedness of them.
YOUR WILD & PRECIOUS LIFE is a book about making big changes in order to discover and lead a passionate life, regardless of what that passion is. Author Jesse Gros shares the story of his own journey to find his path, as well as stories for others he encountered along that journey, and uses them to illustrate how anyone can break through their fears in order to lead a life that has meaning.
Long gone are the days of spending a professional life working at one company until retirement, and Gros’ story is a good example of that. Between the time he was 18 and his mid-thirties when he realized his dream, he bounced around from job to job searching for the life that would feed his soul, including waiting tables, working with autistic children, starting (and stopping) medical school, and assisting Hurricane Katrina survivors with their insurance claims. In case the reader wonders if Gros is the only one capable of bringing his big dreams to fruition, he effectively uses anecdotal stories of people he encountered along the way, by threading them throughout the book, including his father who realized his passion for wild animals by route of accidental lion tamer, and a 65-year-old woman who’d escaped from the old folks home her family had moved her to and hiked the Appalachian Trail. Throughout all of the stories, his own included, he examines the issues that keep people from moving on to a life better suited to them, and offers thoughts about how to break through any resistance, including the long-held assumption of being too old.
The stories Gros includes are compelling, but because they are mere snippets, they lend a fragmented feel to the book that slightly undermines the overall connectedness of them.
Reviewed by K.J. Pierce for IndieReader